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Your Guide to Multicloud Part 5: Data Management Tips & Tricks for the Multicloud

Multicloud environments can lead to data management challenges all too easily. In this article, you will gain insight into why and how the multicloud affects your data management practices, you will learn tips to simplify the process of data management, and you will discover why data success in multicloud may require you to “unlearn” common IT implementation habits. 

In Part 4, we discussed high-level best practices your I&O team can use to restructure your image and become cloud experts. Now it is time to dive into the nitty-gritty of cloud solutions management for multicloud environments. 

The first task you must start with is integration. You must create and execute a comprehensive integration strategy immediately when you set up your multicloud environment, instead of relying on the historical practice of handling integration down the road. 

“Through 2021, organizations deferring integration for multicloud environments will see costs more than four times those of organizations targeting integration during deployment.” (Gartner)

Advances in modern business technologies such as IoT and distributed cloud make this tactic even more urgent, because data latency is likely to negatively impact edge networks. This is why we determined it was important to provide guidance on detailed data management strategies for multicloud deployments, even though you are still likely in the stage of exploring your multicloud options. 

 

First, a Quick Definition

In Part 1, we discussed the difference between the terms multicloud and intercloud. As a reminder:

  • “Multicloud” is when two or more clouds perform a similar function
  • “Intercloud” is when two or more clouds must work together and transfer data between them

Although multicloud is inevitable in our modern world, with companies in 2019 using nearly five cloud vendors on average and 84% of businesses planning a multicloud strategy (source), intercloud is the true key to multicloud success. 

Savvy enterprise leaders are realizing the importance of effective, trustworthy data management in their intercloud/multicloud solutions, and they are relying on cloud services providers (CSPs) to provide them with useful solutions to their data management concerns. A Gartner report from 2019, “Are You Ready for Multicloud and Intercloud Data Management?” shared this statistic: 

“By 2022, 50% of cloud buying decisions will be based on data assets provided by a cloud solution provider, rather than on product capabilities.”

Properly shared data resources are the future of multicloud. 

 

Tips for Data Management in Multicloud Environments

Intercloud setup does not have to be hard, as long as you apply adequate advance planning. 

A few activities you should make sure to focus on include:

  • Setting up shared data logically in each system
    In each cloud, data setup should be fully consistent and logical, even though it does not have to be managed the same in each system.
  • Close monitoring of data replication
    Data replicates quite easily, which is why it is important to remember that data storage costs can add up quickly. You must balance data storage costs in each system with data egress costs.
  • Certified data governance practices
    Sharing data across multiple systems can lead to data latency and loss of data integrity, if not managed properly. That is why you must ensure that data is always managed properly and certified as to its accuracy at all times and in all places in your system.

 

Plan Your Data Management Strategy Before Your Multicloud Deployment

Though we do not want to get too far into the weeds before you have selected your cloud solutions, the main takeaway from this article should be that multicloud data management is critical to your overall multicloud success. I&O leaders who neglect to execute their data integration strategy concurrently with their multicloud implementation will find themselves in a potential morass of cost overages and loss of data integrity – in other words, the worst IT situation imaginable. 

Your multicloud data management strategy will be unique to your needs and your specific cloud implementations. If your enterprise plans to run Oracle Database in AWS, you will likely work with a consultant that offers an Oracle Cloud managed service provider program. If you are focusing your cloud attentions on Google and Microsoft’s offerings, you will want to work with a Google cloud services provider and/or an Azure cloud services provider for your multicloud data management strategy. 

Whatever your plan, just be sure you keep your eye on emerging advances across each of the major clouds after your deployment, and be ready to integrate with another cloud if needed. Even if it is a cloud you do not currently rely on, you will want to maintain open options because cloud capabilities, costs, and competitive selling features are in constant flux. 

 

Simplify Multicloud Management with a Multicloud CSP

If you find that you do not have the time to maintain a close watch on your data or the latest cloud advances, you may want to consider working with a multicloud-certified cloud service provider. An experienced, well-rounded CSP can form an integral part of your cloud team and Cloud Center of Excellence, helping to set up, maintain, and continuously improve your multicloud environment. 

With the right CSP, you can make sure you get the most out of your multicloud environment by focusing on data management, agility, and cloud capabilities – today, tomorrow, and in the years and decades to come. 

 

With a history of more than 20 years spent helping enterprises select, implement, optimize, and support the precise business technology they require, the experienced multicloud cloud solution provider (CSP) team at Centroid is the right choice to trust for your carefully planned multicloud deployment. 

As one of the most experienced cloud partners in the Oracle ecosystem, Centroid offers unique insight that you can leverage to make sure your Oracle solutions deliver seamless performance, whether you choose to host or integrate them with Oracle Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or Azure. Better yet, the Centroid team can handle the details for you, so you can take full advantage of the wide-ranging benefits of a strategic multicloud environment – with none of the management headaches

I&O leaders at many of today’s leading global enterprises, including Toshiba, Subaru, and Overstock.com, have trusted the expertise of Centroid’s cloud solution provider (CSP) team to support and simplify management for their cloud setups – and you can too! 

 

Simply contact Centroid online or at (877) 868-1753 to set up your multicloud consultation with one of our world-class multicloud solution providers today. 

 

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